The following policy is in place to help Surfers Paradise Cricket Club members, members clubs, representatives and event organisers minimise the risks of overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.


The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage also causes sunburn, tanning, premature ageing and eye damage. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians will develop some form of skin cancer before the age of 70.

Sunburn and other UV damage is common while playing or watching sport, when people are exposed to the sun’s UV radiation for long periods of time.

Sporting clubs and organisations have a responsibility under health and safety legislation to provide and maintain a safe working environment for staff, volunteers, players and spectators.
By minimising the harm of UV, you will help to fulfil this obligation and duty of care.

Sun protection times

  • The sun protection times from the Bureau of Meteorology forecast the time of day UV levels are due to reach 3 or higher. At these levels, sun protection is recommended for all skin types. In Queensland, UV levels regularly reach 3 or higher all year round, most particularly from mid-August to the end of April.
  • Combinations of sun protection measures are needed during the daily local sun protection times.
  • To assist with the implementation of this policy, club officials, coaches and participants are encouraged to access the daily local sun protection times at or on the free SunSmart app. This information is also available on the web or in the weather section of your local newspaper

Matches, training and club activities

Where it is not possible to avoid peak UV and heat periods, the following measures are considered to minimise risks:

  • Warm-up activities are limited in duration and intensity.
  • The duration of the activity is reduced.
  • Activities start earlier in the morning or later in the evening.
  • Rest breaks and opportunities to seek shade and rehydrate are increased.
  • Officials and players rotate out of the sun more frequently than usual.
  • Player interchange and substitution is used more frequently than usual.
  • Activity is held at an alternative venue (e.g. indoor).
  • Officials, coaches and senior members act as role models by wearing sun-protective clothing and hats, applying sunscreen and seeking shade wherever possible.

Sun protection measures

  1. Clothing
  • Sun-protective clothing is advisable for participants, officials and volunteers.
  • Team uniforms are made from UPF (UV protection factor) 50+ material and where possible will have long sleeves and a collar.
  • Club shirts and uniforms are recommended to be loose-fitting and lightweight.
  • Where the competition uniform does not provide adequate sun protection, participants are reminded to apply SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen to all exposed skin and wear covering clothing whilst not on the field.

2. Sunscreen

  • SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water- resistant sunscreen is promoted and/or provided to participants and spectators at all member clubs and competitions.
  • Participants are encouraged to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before training or playing and to reapply every two hours.
  • Sunscreen is stored below 30°C and replaced once it is past the use-by date.
  • Participants are encouraged to apply a generous amount of sunscreen (the equivalent of one teaspoon per limb).
  • Club first aid kits should include a supply of SPF30 (or higher) broadspectrum, water-resistant sunscreen.

3. Hats

  • Wide-brimmed or bucket hats are offered as part of the uniform.
  • Caps and visors do not provide adequate sun protection to the face, ears and neck and are not recommended for extended sun protection but may be used, in combination with sunscreen on parts of skin not covered, or as an interim measure for playing or training.

4. Shade

  • An assessment of existing shade has been conducted at the commonly used home ground outdoor venues.
  • When not actively competing, participants should be able to rest in shaded areas.
  • Where there is insufficient natural or built shade, temporary shade structures will be provided or participants notified to bring their own temporary shade (e.g. tents or umbrellas).
  • Shade from buildings, trees and other structures is used where possible (eg. for waiting areas, scoring, spectator areas).
  • Presentation ceremony areas will be protected by shade.
  • Participants and officials may rotate to cooler, shaded areas.

5. Sunglasses

  • Participants are advised to wear sunglasses that meet current Australian standards.

Education and information

  • Sun protection in Queensland is required at all times, even in overcast conditions. This is communicated to participants and spectators.


  • This SunSmart policy will be reviewed on a regular basis.

Relevant documents and links

For more information contact SunSmart:
P: (03) 9514 6419

The information contained in this Policy is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice from your doctor or health professional. While all reasonable attempts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this guide, SunSmart, Surfers Paradise Cricket Club and associated parties cannot accept responsibility for loss, injury, claim or damage resulting from the use or application of information within this Policy